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SUKKOT: Yeshua and the Water Libation Ceremony

SUKKOT: Yeshua and the Water Libation Ceremony

By
James Scott Trimm

We read in Yoochanan:

And on the great day, which is the last of the feast,
Yeshua stood and cried out and said,
If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.
Whoever believes in me, as the Scriptures have said,
rivers of water of life will flow from his belly.
(Yochanan 7:37-38)

The occasion of this event is the last great day of Sukkot (Jn. 7:2) and the setting appears to be the water libation ceremony at the Temple. A priest had a flask of gold filled with water and another has a flask of gold filled with wine. There were two silver bowls perforated with holes like a narrow snout. One was wide for the water the other is narrow for the wine. The priests poured the wine and water into each of their bowls. The wine and water mixed together. The wine flowing slowly through the narrow snout and the water flowing quickly through the wider snout.

The ceremony is described in the Mishnah as follows:

HOW WAS THE WATER LIBATION [PERFORMED]? A GOLDEN FLAGON HOLDING THREE LOGS WAS FILLED FROM THE SILOAM. WHEN THEY ARRIVED AT THE WATER GATE, THEY SOUNDED A TEKI'AH [LONG BLAST], A TERU'AH [TREMULOUS NOTE] AND AGAIN A TEKI'AH [LONG BLAST]. [THE PRIEST THEN] WENT UP THE ASCENT [OF THE ALTAR] AND TURNED TO HIS LEFT WHERE THERE WERE TWO SILVER BOWLS. R. JUDAH SAID, THEY WERE OF PLASTER [BUT THEY LOOKED SILVER] BECAUSE THEIR SURFACES WERE DARKENED FROM THE WINE. THEY HAD EACH A HOLE LIKE A SLENDER SNOUT, ONE [HOLE] BEING WIDE AND THE OTHER NARROW SO THAT BOTH EMPTIED THEMSELVES TOGETHER. THE ONE ON THE WEST WAS FOR WATER AND THE ONE ON THE EAST FOR WINE. IF ONE POURED THE FLAGON OF WATER INTO THE BOWL FOR WINE, OR THAT OF WINE INTO THAT FOR WATER, HE HAS FULFILLED HIS OBLIGATION. R. JUDAH STATED, WITH ONE LOG HE PERFORMED THE CEREMONY OF THE WATER-LIBATION ALL EIGHT DAYS. TO [THE PRIEST] WHO PERFORMED THE LIBATION THEY USED TO SAY, ‘RAISE THY HAND’; FOR ON A CERTAIN OCCASION, A CERTAIN MAN POURED OUT THE WATER OVER HIS FEET, AND ALL THE PEOPLE PELTED HIM WITH THEIR ETHROGS.

AS WAS ITS PERFORMANCE ON WEEKDAYS, SO WAS ITS PERFORMANCE ON THE SABBATH, SAVE THAT ON THE EVE OF THE SABBATH AN UNHALLOWED GOLDEN BARREL WAS FILLED FROM THE SILOAM, AND PLACED IN A CHAMBER. IF IT WAS POURED AWAY OR UNCOVERED, IT WAS REFILLED FROM THE LAVER, FOR WINE OR WATER WHICH HAS BECOME UNCOVERED IS INVALID FOR THE ALTAR.
(m.Sukkah 4:9 (b.Sukkah 48a-b)

It was as this ceremony was being performed that Yeshua stood up and said:


If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.
Whoever believes in me, as the Scriptures have said,
rivers of water of life will flow from his belly.


Similar imagery appears in the Book of Enoch (see comments to Jude 1:14-15):

And in that place I saw the fountain of righteousness
Which was inexhaustible:
And around it were many fountains of wisdom:
And all the thirsty drank of them,
And were filled with wisdom,
And their dwellings were with the righteous and holy and elect.
(1Enoch 48:1)

And elsewhere in the Mishna:

…Let your house be a gathering place for sages…
and drink in their words with gusto.
(m.Avot 1:4)

As many of you know, my wife has been in the hospital for over 50 days, much of it in ICU and PCU. It has been a trial for us.  We have been under attack by the Enemy for years, but never like this.  I absolutely do not exaggerate when I say she was fighting for her life!  But Baruch Hashem YHWH, we are being told that she should be ready to go home early this coming week!

 

She will still be attached to a “wound vac” machine, require specialized wound care three times a week, and need a walker to get around, but she will finally be home. 

 

Early on many of you stepped up to support us in this crisis financially.  We honestly could not have made it through these 50+ days without you.  However, as the days passed by, our situation got “old” and those funds slowed down.  As we are now gearing up to leave here, and go home, we are broke.  We are broke, and going home to face bills and rent that are due soon (not to mention anticipated medical bills not covered by my wife’s Insurance). 

 

I am asking all of you who have supported this cause, to step up again and help us with our “Going home fund.”

 

We are going to need time to regroup.

 

During these 50+ days I have had a lot of time to pray and think about what we can and should to revive this ministry.  This is very important, because just this last week we lost a source of income that helping us get by,  I don’t believe I can replace that income in the secular world any time soon (if ever).  Additionally my wife, who is already disabled with a chronic neurological condition, is coming home with additional disabilities that will last month.  I could not leave her home alone for long periods before, and now that will be even more the case. 

 

So as I have had a lot of time to think about what we need to do to revive this ministry. 

 

To begin with, we need to get back to the basics, with faith building defense of the truths that Yeshua is the Jewish Messiah of Judaism and that the Torah is for all generations forever.  We also need to focus on helping people understand the teachings of Yeshua, and his Talmidim from the original Hebrew and Aramaic in light of Second Temple Judaism.

 

We also need to expand the media thru which we outreach.

 

We will be working to improve NazareneSpace.  People are getting sick of Facebook jail and are ready to start coming back to our own social network.

 

We are going back on the radio with all new episodes of Truth Talk!  I have a spare bedroom which I am going to convert into a studio as soon as we get home.  We already have most of the equipment we need, like a professional microphone, but we will need a mixer.  We already have at least one station lined up, and have leads on others. 

 

We are also going to start up a YouTube series (10 to 15 minute episodes). 

 

Let us know what other ideas you may have to help us.

 

The main thing is that we need you all to step up and support this work like never before.  Now is not the time to become complacent. 

This is not a time that I need to be worried about ministry funds.  While we were here we got news that $1,ooo we anticipated receiving while we were here, and for which we were tightly budgeted, would not be coming in.

****If you can make a one time donation of $500 or $1,000 dollars to support this work, now is the time!****

Is this work worthy of your support? What other ministry provides this kind of teaching?

What other ministry is reaching the Jewish people with Messiah and the world with Torah like this ministry is?

Now is time to step up to the plate!


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Nazarene Judaism
PO Box 471
Hurst, TX 76053

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Comment by J-M Mustchin on September 24, 2018 at 1:32am

Interesting.

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